Frequently Asked Questions

What does psychotherapy cost?2020-02-18T16:10:07-07:00

Average Cost (per session): $125
Sliding Scale: Limited Availability
Accepts Insurance: No, however, I will provide a receipt for those who wish to submit on their own.***
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, or Major Credit Cards

*** Please contact your insurance company for information about the claims process and any forms required.

I want to attend marital therapy with my partner, but he/she will not come. What should I do?2019-01-20T04:38:32-07:00

It is important to do what you can to help yourself when your partner will not accompany you while not losing sight that effective relationship therapy typically involves both parties. Let your partner know that you are going to get some help to change how you relate to him/her and would willingly and strongly support their involvement when, and if, they chose to be. As you address your needs and emotions, you may find that you are more open and empathetic to your partner.

How long will I be in therapy?2019-01-20T04:37:55-07:00

This depends on your goals and the concerns you want to address. Some clients have short-term goals for issues that can be resolved in a few sessions, for example, how to get along with a difficult supervisor. Others may have more complex, long-term problems that have burdened them for many years, such as childhood trauma or relationship distress. I do frequent reviews with clients to determine if their goals are being met.

Therapy has not worked for me in the past, so why should I come to see you?2019-01-20T04:37:14-07:00

There are several reasons therapy may not be successful for a client, and this is important for us to explore this up front to better insure that your experience with me can be different. If I believe referring you to a different provider would best meet your needs, I will do so. From my experience, therapy is often not successful if the therapist and client fail to develop a trusting and honest working relationship.

What can I expect from the first session?2019-01-20T04:36:40-07:00

My primary focus in the first session is to fully understand what brings you to therapy, what is not working well in your life, what your goals are and to assess the potential for us to work effectively together. I will summarize at the end of the session what has been discussed during the hour, seek your observations and comments and answer any questions you may have.

What are the most common problems that lead to psychotherapy?2019-01-20T04:35:52-07:00

Marital difficulties, depression, anxiety, divorce, loss/grief, family distress, past physical and emotional abuse, and personal conflicts.

Is psychotherapy confidential?2019-01-20T04:35:15-07:00

Yes, psychotherapy is completely confidential and is specifically covered under Federal HIPAA regulation in almost all cases – Please see Limits of Confidentiality/Therapy Cancellation Policy for the imitations of this confidentiality policy.

What is psychotherapy?2019-01-20T04:34:07-07:00

Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress. Almost all types of psychotherapy involve a therapeutic relationship, and creating a dialogue while working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors.

During this process, I help you tackle a specific or general problem, such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. I utilize a wide range of techniques and strategies to address individual client needs.

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Blakely Patterson, L.M.F.T.
2021 21st Avenue South, Suite #426
Nashville, TN 37212
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